I had been praying for weeks before the breakfast asking Holy Spirit to reveal to me the Father’s heart regarding this gathering. I longed to hear what He thought would be the best closing words and prayer that would glorify the Lord Jesus and express His message to all. About a week before the breakfast, I had still not heard anything from Him. No scripture, no special inspiration of any kind for this important 7th annual event in our city. So, I pressed in and asked again for His heart on the matter. Well, the Lord speaks to me in really funny and even silly ways sometimes! This time when I prayed immediately the words to a song from 1980 by Kool and the Gang popped into my head and I started singing to myself “Celebrate good times, come on! It’s a celebration! Woo Hoo!” (Unfamiliar with this golden oldie? You can Listen on YouTube) (Or read the Song Lyrics)
In the face of the seriousness of the issues in our world, nation, state, city, and all that the people around me are going through; and personally I was grieving the loss of my Dad (He had passed away just days before the breakfast); that is NOT at all what I expected to hear. But, it was what I needed to hear, it was what everyone at the breakfast needed to hear, and I am VERY convinced that it is what the body of Christ needs to hear right now; perhaps better needs to hear over and over until we believe it! The truth is despite what seems like insurmountable challenges on every level of life, we are in the midst of Good Times as the body of Christ. These are remarkable days just before the return of our Lord. We are the army of believers He has called and chosen for this day, time, and hour to be a demonstration of His love, power and goodness in the earth. It’s important that we understand the intensity of our need for JOY in the midst of challenges and how much we need to Celebrate Him in the middle of our prayer battles. The resulting flow of supernatural JOY out of His heart to ours is strengthening, inspiring, and healing. It is the very bedrock of our patient perseverance (James 1:2-4) (Romans 5:1-5) Not only that it is infectious and touches everyone around us!
The truth is His burden is light! (Matthew 11:28-30) We can be His joy-bearers. We can release His joy to others even when we ourselves are experiencing challenging times. (Hebrew 12:1-2) He is excited when we agree in prayer. There’s a celebration in heaven every time we unify. He is excited over us as we pray in agreement for His plans and purposes. He responds when we rejoice in Him even when we haven’t seen the answers yet. The song goes on to say “There’s party going on right here, a celebration to last throughout the years!” We have a lot to celebrate because our party has not only lasted on earth for years and years, it is an eternal celebration of our Lord! We get to Celebrate Him Forever!!!
When the call of intercession for our family, our ministry, work place, friends, city etc gets to feeling heavy, when life seems to weigh 5000 pounds all the time, when all we seem to ever hear is bad news, that is the time to look to heaven and declare our celebration of who He is! It’s time for Psalm 150 Bible Gateway passage: Psalm 150 – The Passion Translation Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Praise God in his holy sanctuary! Praise him in his stronghold in the sky! (TPT)
What I am hearing today to counter the heaviness the enemy is trying to get us to grab on to is that it is time to join the celebration in heaven over His goodness and mercy, to celebrate all He has done, is doing and will do. To celebrate His love and His promises. Disciple of Christ Jesus, He is ready to refuel us with His Joy to continue to pray powerfully, to continue to stand fast and firm upon His word no matter the circumstances we see or experience. This is a daily benefit; for the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)
Celebrate good times, come on! He’s our celebration!!! Woo Hoo!
With JOY in our Lord,